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  • Hedgehog Highway: How McDonald’s and England Are Helping Hedgehogs

    Chipping Norton has finest 18th century houses, a church that was a former wool factory, the Unicorn Hotel, countryside gardens and some amazing farm shops. You wouldn’t think it housed a major highway through beautiful private gardens. A highway...
    By Andrea Campbell March 1, 2016 

  • Why Do Koalas Live Only in Australia?

    Koalas are native to Australia. In fact, they live in only the eastern states of that subcontinent. Why didn't they spread, at least to Western Australia or to nearby New Zealand? The answer lies in a look back into our planet's past.
    By Martha W. Adams February 6, 2014 

  • How Many Undiscovered Species are There?

    By the year 2010, scientists had discovered a whopping 1,941,939 species. Incredible as that is, there are new species still discovered every year. Learn how these numbers are calculated and how many species we still have left to discover.
    By Lindsay Williams October 14, 2013 


  • Is the Hercules Beetle the Strongest Beetle in the World?

    Hercules was a demigod renowned for his great strength and determination. It is just these attributes that garnered the Hercules Beetle its respectable moniker. However, is the Hercules Beetle the strongest animal in the world?
    By KennethSleight August 30, 2011 

  • Does the Goliath Beetle Pack a Punch?

    The Goliath beetle is the heaviest and one of the strongest beetles in the world. It is a native of Africa, and these beetles are so large that children often tie a string around their necks and walk them like dogs.
    By KennethSleight August 29, 2011 

  • Not Your Average Jellyfish: The Box Jellyfish

    Box jellyfish have the unfortunate distinction of being feared as extremely lethal creatures. The Australian Box Jellyfish, the most famous of the box jellies, has a sting that is so excruciatingly painful that multiple stings can result in a victim losing...
    By KennethSleight August 28, 2011 


  • Important Facts and Life Cycle of Cicadas

    With over 2,500 species of cicada scattered across the globe, it’s a wonder that there isn't more misinformation about these unique insects. They are extremely loud and for some reason people equate this to danger (probably because insects...
    By KennethSleight August 27, 2011 

  • Swan Lake - White Swan Habitat and Reproduction

    Did you know that the swan you see in Tennessee may be a different species than the white swan that appears in the Northern section of the country? There are several types of white swans, each with distinct differences, if you know what to look for...
    By Vicki Perry August 15, 2011 

  • See Ya Later Alligator - In a While Dwarf Crocodile

    Deep in the swampy forests of West Africa, lies the dwarf crocodile, a miniature version of their large crocodile relatives. The crocodiles are so tiny they are not hunted for their skin, but for food. This has resulted in fewer of them remaining in their...
    By Vicki Perry August 13, 2011 

  • From Nests to Burrows: The Habitats of Owls

    Owls are interesting creatures. They seldom make their own nests; rather, they take over the nests or homes of other creatures. A very ingenious bird, owls live in trees as well as in burrows in the ground or cavities on rocky mountain faces.
    By Linda M. Rhinehart Neas July 15, 2011 
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